Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated May 21, 2015
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  1. Can't complain about working for this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Potential to work from home frequently
    Travel opportunities domestic and to the US in lower ranking positions
    Great people to work with at Imperial and ExxonMobil

    Cons

    Fixed Distribution Annual Performance Rankings. These can be fairly demotivating


  2. good career opportunities but poor work life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good career development opportunities, good pay, smart people to work with

    Cons

    poor work life balance...long hours required


  3. Fantastic opportunity for young professionals

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Fort MacKay, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Fort MacKay, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great training opportunities throughout Canada and the US
    -Good communication between employee and functional manager
    -People are always willing to help out
    -Bright future for the upstream groups
    -Benefits are second to none

    Cons

    -Not the greatest paying company
    -No retention bonus for remote workers

    Advice to Management

    -You may want to look at some sort of bonus to retain the young talent at the remote site areas such as Kearl. With other oil sand developments on the rise and or already operating, these young folks will start to jump ship at their first opportunity. KEEP THEM!


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  5. Imperial is an industry leader in oil and gas - upstream and downstream to improve products and ensure employee safety.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Imperial provides a wide range of opportunities for a life long career that develops an individuals talents and aspirations. Being owned by ExxonMobil allows a lot of overseas assignment that can further develop one talents and travel experiences. Due to the large bubble of baby boomers the chance for earlier leadership advancement is good if the talents are demonstrated.

    Cons

    The company philosophy of changing to an open office cubical environment is very damaging to those that need peace and quite to be productive. Bureaucratic and processes to complete processes sometimes is over whelming.

    Advice to Management

    Develop better communication with the employees in the trenches.


  6. Procurement Associate over Summer - 4 months

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Co-op Procurement Associate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-op Procurement Associate in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    decent pay check, can keep your head down if you like

    Cons

    No Bonus, management old and prehistoric

    Advice to Management

    Hire more new grads. not just ones with experience


  7. Helpful (1)

    It's a job and nothing more.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trades
    Former Employee - Trades

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High quality employees. Always busy. Pay is good but its not free.

    Cons

    Politics are smothering and overwhelming at times. No seriously, the politics are out of control on all levels of this company. A lot of employees do not have hobbies because they don't have time away from work. They become fanatics and obsess over small things.

    Advice to Management

    Give someone the power to make a decision, something good might happen.


  8. A collaborative environment with a lot of responsibility, even for an intern.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Strong culture
    - Great intelligent people
    - A lot of responsibility
    - Never boring
    - Sense of community and collaboration
    - Continuous Improvement

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic to the maximum
    - Too many processes
    - Forced distribution performance rankings that do not promote teamwork per se
    - Sometimes hard to communicate with others in various departments and levels of the company (a lot of people to sift through / a lot of personnel changes and role ambiguity)


  9. Helpful (2)

    Straight Forward Interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    From 8am to 2pm, starting with a presentation, followed by 2 main interviews with Professionals, Lunch and 1 last interview after lunch. Very nice ppl and nice environment.

    Cons

    nothing specific that I can mention, overall was a good experience.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Opportunity to work in multiple / different roles throughout a career

    Cons

    Too many inefficient / slow / cumbersome processes and controls
    Not enough delegation of authority - need an approval for almost anything

    Advice to Management

    Emcourage and actively support process simplification / streamlining


  11. Helpful (1)

    The best company to get an experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technologist in Sarnia, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Technologist in Sarnia, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Imperial Oil may be one of the best company to start your career if you want to work in the petroleum industry. First of all, it offers you a lot of opportunities to learn in a number of different aspects. It provides you various trainings. You feel that you are fully trusted about your knowledge by other senior employees.

    Cons

    There is not really challenging tasks. If you are familiar with working in fast-paced laboratory environment already, you would not find any difficulty getting tasks done in a timely manner (According to my experience). Furthermore, IT service is really slow-paced since ExxonMobil took over most part of IOL. Other than that, I cannot find any problems to work for this company



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